March 7, 2017

America’s Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic Society by Loch K. Johnson

By Loch K. Johnson

In 1975, after The long island Times released a devastating critique of the CIA, 3 govt panels--the Rockefeller, Church, and Pike Committees--were shaped to check those allegations extensive. What they uncovered--assassination plots, opened mail, drug experiments opposed to unsuspecting topics (two of whom died from part effects)--shocked the yank humans and moved Senator Frank Church to name the CIA "a rogue elephant rampaging out of control." in actual fact, the US wishes a robust, potent intelligence attempt, yet simply as essentially, this attempt needs to function in the bounds of an open, democratic society.
in response to enormous quantities of interviews with CIA officers, nationwide defense specialists, and legislators, in addition to an intensive culling of the archival list, America's mystery Power deals an illuminating and up to date photograph of the vital Intelligence business enterprise, stressing the tricky stability among the true wishes of nationwide protection and the safety of person liberties. Loch Johnson, who has studied the workings of the CIA at the start hand as a legislative overseer, offers a accomplished exam of the business enterprise and its family with different American associations, together with Congress and the White apartment (he bargains relatively astute analyses of the CIA's use of newshounds and lecturers to collect intelligence) and he illuminates the CIA's 3 significant missions--intelligence research, counterintelligence, and covert action--providing brilliant descriptions in their function and their pathologies. for instance, he bargains a desirable research of the "Seven Sins" of intelligence paintings, revealing how the easiest intelligence reviews may be distorted or overlooked (in the mid-1960s, the proof opposed to a short American victory in Vietnam was once dismissed); how covert activities can spin uncontrolled regardless of broad safeguards, as within the Iran-Contra scandal; and the way the CIA has spied on americans in transparent violation of its constitution. extra, he offers an intensive overview of legislative efforts to slash those abuses, suggesting a number of very important how one can in attaining the fragile stability among nationwide safety and democratic beliefs.
Vividly written and meticulously documented, America's mystery Power attracts the strands of an enormous volume of analysis right into a balanced critique of our intelligence networks. it's a paintings that stands by myself in its thoroughness and objectivity, a considerate and sobering portrait of the modern CIA.

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Viewed in terms of the validity or "truthfulness" of the content, propaganda in addition may be true or false, with various intermediary gradations. 1. According to the CIA, roughly 2 percent of recent CIA propaganda projects fall into the lower right cell (that is black-false propaganda). The great majority reportedly are of the gray-true and gray-mixed variety. 1. S. Propaganda Operations Source White (overt) Gray (covert) C Black (covert) J "exaggerated or selective "truth" True Mixed" False THE PURPOSE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE 25 The CIA's extensive propaganda capability produces a great tide of information flowing secretly into hundreds of hidden channels around the world.

He has argued that in a number of instances, some quiet assistance to democratic and friendly elements enabled them to resist authoritarian groups in an internal competition over the future direction of their countries. Post-war Western Europe resisted communist political subversion and Latin America rejected Cuban-stimulated insurgency. They thereby thwarted at the local level challenges that could have escalated to the international level. . That there can be debate as to the wisdom of any individual activity of this nature is agreed.

An examination of the 1947 National Security Act and the accompanying legislative history indicates that, as President Truman had insisted, the CIA was established—above all else—to collect, evaluate, and coordinate intelligence, and to provide for its proper dissemination within the government. The CIA would be a clearinghouse for all the American intelligence agencies. The Agency would also be expected, in the words of Allen Dulles, "to weigh facts, and to draw conclusions from those facts, without having either the facts or the conclusions warped by the inevitable and even proper prejudices of the men whose duty it is to determine policy.

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